Mission, Vision, & Values

Strong organizations are grounded in their mission, vision, and
values — and we are no exception.
Our values help guide how
we do our work, but also affirm our commitment to serving
our community through everything we do.


We are a Catalyst, fueling the creative energy and vibrancy of our community through Leadership, Collaboration, and Sustainability in order to enrich the quality of life of all of our citizens.


We envision a thriving York County where the arts are an integral component of economic growth and development, tourism, education and everyday life.


We believe we can go farther together. We nurture the relationships that we have and actively seek out new partnerships that will enable us to better serve the entire population of York County.

We value continuous improvement and strive to bring a spirit of innovation and creativity to all of our work. Recognizing that stewardship of resources can require us to act boldly as well as thoughtfully, we actively seek out new opportunities in line with our values.

Catalyst for Change
We recognize that our society is challenged to overcome a complex web of inequities, and we believe that we exist to support all of York County’s residents and strive to lead by listening and acting in partnership with our cultural partners and community residents.

We are accountable to all County residents for ensuring that resources – both human and financial – are managed prudently and to their best use now and for years to come.

We operate with integrity and strive to be worthy of the public’s trust. We operate transparently and openly, and we assume positive intent, actively seeking the best in each person and situation.

Thanks to the guidance of Dr. Monea Abdul-Majeed over the past three years, we completed a Racial Equity Audit of our organization down to its roots and created our Equity Action Plan which will be the bedrock of our strategic direction over the next three years. 

In the last three years of our Racial Equity journey, what have we learned?

Communication is Crucial.
The way we use language to describe our organization and those in our network is crucial to the accessibility of the resources we provide.  As we continue to take risks and innovate, this means broadening our definition of artists, arts organizations, and culture. 

Authentic Connections are Key.
In distributing our own grants and partnering with other organizations to get the word out about additional resources, we have seen that it often takes a ‘cheerleader’ or enthusiastic personal connection to bring a person from knowing nothing about our organization, to being a grantee, contributor, or board member.  In 2022 we will pilot a new program to formalize this position and lift up these community leaders.

Empowerment Means Giving Up Power
In our commitment to radical equity in our organization and the grant-making field as a whole, we know the answer lies in the distribution of power.  In recent sessions with community leaders we are taking the first steps toward dismantling old structures which kept us disconnected, and creating a pilot Navigator program which gives resources and a structure to leaders in our community who are already doing great work.

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